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Park City Film turns the key on the Twilight Drive-in screenings at Utah Olympic Park and during the Latino Arts Festival

Nonprofit winds down season at the Jim Santy auditorium

Ryan Coogler’s Marvel film, “Black Panther" will be the first Twilight Drive-In at the Utah Olympic Park series screening of Park City Film's 2022 summer season on June 11. The series is made possible by a partnership the arthouse nonprofit shares with Dragonfli Media Technologies and Utah Olympic Park.
Courtesy of Park City Film

During the next two weekends, Park City Film will wind down its 2021-22 season screenings at the Park City Library’s Jim Santy Auditorium. That means it’s time to prepare for its summer season, including drive-ins at Utah Olympic Park and a partnership with the Park City Latino Arts Festival.

“We’re excited to be wrapping up this season and heading back to the drive-in to celebrate the art of film under the stars again,” said Katharine Wang, Park City Film executive director. “We thank everyone and our sponsors who have supported us so we can get to this point.”

The final in-theater screenings will be Roger Michell’s “The Duke,” rated R, from May 27-29, and Ted Braun’s new documentary “Viva! Maestro,” not rated, on June 3-5.



Wang first saw “The Duke” at the Telluride Film Festival.

“It was one of those classic moments when I had no idea what the film was about, and I just showed up,” she said. “I’ve always loved British comedies, and it has Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren, so I thought it’s got to be good.”



The film completely delivered, Wang said.

“It’s about this 60-year-old taxi driver who steals a portrait from the National Gallery to protest how the English government is mistreating its veterans and war widows,” she said. “It’s his statement on being an activist, and the film is about ordinary people, a modern-day Robin Hood, if you will, doing extraordinary things. It’s got great actors, Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren who can bring this story to life.”

“Viva Maestro,” which Wang scheduled a couple of weeks ago, will end Park City Film’s season on a ‘high note,’” she said.

“It’s a documentary that celebrates the power art has to renew and unite,” she said.

The film is about Gustavo Dudamel, the Venezuelan-born music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Wang said.

As a youth, Dudamel participated in El Sistema, Venezuela’s El Sistema program that provides about 1 million at-risk students access to free music education. Inn 2012, he formed the Dudamel Foundation based on that model.

Unfortunately, political unrest in Venezuela upended Dudamel’s scheduled tour with these students, according to Wang.

Ted Braun’s documentary “Viva! Maestro,” which is about is about Gustavo Dudamel, the Venezuelan-born music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will be Park City Film's 2021-22 season season finale weekend screening at the Jim Santy Auditorium. The film celebrates the power art has to renew and unite, according to Katharine Wang, Park City Film executive director.
Courtesy of Park City Film

“This became a challenge for Dudamel and his belief in the transformative power of music,” she said. “The film is an interesting examination of this conductor who has been making waves in the classical music world and in his own country.”

A week after the Park City Film screenings end at the Jim Santy Auditorium, the arthouse nonprofit will once again partner with Dragonfli Media Technologies and the Utah Olympic Park for the first Twilight Drive-In at the UOP on June 11.

The film, which starts at 7:30 p.m., will be Ryan Coogler’s Marvel film, “Black Panther.”

The film will be screened in tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, who plays T’Challa, a king who must combat an old enemy threatening to expose the technologically advanced country of Wakanda to the world.

The film racked up seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, a first for a superhero movie, Wang said.

“Since ‘Black Panther II’ is scheduled to be released in November, we felt this would remind people what they loved so much about the original movie,” she said. “We also wanted to kick off the summer season with a film that will appeal to film lovers of all ages.”

Wang looks forward again to partnering with Dragonfli and the Utah Olympic Park for the drive-in series.

“Dragonfi Media Technologies supplies all the LED screens for the films and the awesome operational expertise they bring to us,” she said. “We are also grateful to the UOP for the beautiful setting and the area where we set up the screen at the base of the bobsled track.”

The next drive-in screening will be Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen’s “The Alpinist,“ rated PG-13, on June 18.

“This is an encore screening of this documentary that we originally screened when it premiered last fall,” Wang said. “It was a knock-down, hit sensation because it speaks to that spirit of adventure in our community. So we thought it would be perfect to bring it back to the drive-in.”

The story is about the reclusive Canadian mountaineer Marc-André Leclerc, who has completed some of the boldest solo ascents in climbing history, Wang said.

“He free climbs without any ropes or any margin of errors,” she said. “And he does it very casually. It’s just unbelievable to see the things he climbs and what he does. I’ve seen it four times, and I can’t wait to see it again.”

The last drive-in film in June will be Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune,” rated PG-13, on June 23.

“This film, based on Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel, was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won six,” Wang said. “It’s a classic hero’s journey that stars Timothee Chalamet who is forced to fulfill a destiny that he didn’t know he was supposed to fulfill.”

Registration for the drive-in films is open now at parkcityfilm.org, and the lot will open 30 minutes before the screening starts, according to Wang.

“We will continue spacing cars at every other space, so everyone will have two spots to lounge about, however they want to experience the films,” she said. “We’ll sell popcorn, but we also encourage people to get take out and support our local restaurants.”

Park City Film will present a free screening of Gregory Nava’s biopic, “Selena,” starring Jennifer Lopez in the title role, in partnership with the Christian Center of Park City’s Latino Arts Festival. The screening will start at 7 p.m. on June 21.
Courtesy of Park City Film

In addition to the drive-in screenings, Park City Film will return to the Jim Santy Auditorium on June 21 for a special free screening of Gregory Nava’s biopic, “Selena,” rated PG.

The movie, which starts at 7 p.m., is made possible through a partnership Park City Film and the Christian Center of Park City’s Latino Arts Festival. It’s scheduled to run from June 20-26 in various venues in Park City, Wang said.

“‘Selena’ is the story of Selenea Quintanilla Perez, the Tejano singer from South Texas, whose meteoric rise to fame was tragically cut short at age 23,” she said. “This is the 25th anniversary of the film, so we thought it would be perfect for the Latino Arts Festival.”

Jennifer Lopez plays the title role, and Edward James Olmos plays her father, Abraham Quintanilla, Wang said.

“The film is a great celebration of an incredible talent and wonderful culture,” she said.

Prior to “Selena,” Sundance Fim Festival will show Doménica and Constanza Castro’s short film documentary, “We Are Here,” which examines what it is like to be undocumented immigrants in the United States, according to Wang.

“Diversity is always an important component in our programming as a whole because representation is so important to see on the big screen,” she said. “It is so empowering for people to see their culture and their stories on the screen, but it’s also important for people to be exposed and have access to stories like the ones in ‘We Are Here’ that they may not be aware of.”

Wang also looks forward to continuing Park City Film’s partnership with the Latino Arts Festival.

“We started screening films with them four years ago,” she said. “It’s always exciting for us because we so highly value our community partnerships. And film is such a great way to bring people together, and to create conversations.”

Park City Film will take a break in July and return with more drive-in screenings in August and September, with times, titles and dates to be announced, Wang said.

“In the meanwhile, we are also actively programming the fall, so things really don’t slow down too much for us,” she said with a laugh.

For information, visit parkcityfilm.org.


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